"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

  1. Rob Reiner

    Director, Writer

  2. Michael McKean


  3. Christopher Guest


  4. Harry Shearer


Top Billed Cast

  1. Christopher Guest

    Christopher Guest

    Nigel Tufnel

  2. Michael McKean

    Michael McKean

    David St. Hubbins

  3. Harry Shearer

    Harry Shearer

    Derek Smalls

  4. Rob Reiner

    Rob Reiner

    Marty DiBergi

  5. June Chadwick

    June Chadwick

    Jeanine Pettibone

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This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap



Status Released

Release Information

  • September 8, 1984


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 22m

Budget $2,500,000.00

Revenue $4,736,202.00

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